Tonight's episode of "American Pickers" was titled "Grin and Bear It." Frank Fritz and Mike Wolfe, are the professional hunters who travel across the country picking through rusty gold; those hidden treasures covered with rust from age. That rusty gold is what keeps them in business, buying low and selling high, but even they find things that they do not want to part with.
As the episode starts the guys are headed to Krum, Texas when they see an old truck in a front yard. They decide to stop and ask them about the truck when they spot an old Dodge Challenger and a few other older cars. Charles comes to the door and takes the guys on a tour of his property. Here they spot a 1970 Plymouth Roadrunner. The car has a 440 and is hemi orange. The car is barn-fresh, or just the way the guys want to see it. Charles plans to put the car together someday. He would entertain an offer, and Frank offers him $30,000. He has already turned down $40,000. Mike then tells him that he is a Volkswagen guy, and Charles knows a guy who has an old VW bus with lots of windows. It is called a “Barn Door Bus.” Mike knows that this is the Holy Grail of VW buses. They high-tail it to Tony’s house and find another automobile bone yard. There in the corner is the VW Barn Door. These were called barn doors because these VW buses made between 1949 and 1955 had a larger engine lid that was twice the size as the other models. It is a Samba, but has no glass, no floor, no seats, just a frame and Mike is in love with it because it is a rare bird. These VW buses are in such demand, that in 2011 a 1963 sold for $217,000.
When Mike asked him if he had any offers for it, and he said yes between $25,000 and $30,000. Mike took pictures of the bus and sent them to his friend. When he got the pictures, he told Mike that he could fix it up for about $50,000 to $60,000, but it depends on whether Mike can get it. He offered him $20,000, but no deal, but they got a ride in the guy’s Chevy low rider.
Lauren helped Danielle by calling leads for the guys in Texas. She sent them to see a guy named Phil, who was a complete collector who was willing to sell and was a tough negotiator. Phil even has a meteorite that weighs several tons. He claims the rock came from Mars and is a healing rock. He had a general store all set up in the back. It was history all over again. He even had a cash register the was robbed by Bonnie and Clyde. Finally, Mike bought a tin lithograph advertisement for Frazier Axel Grease for $425 and a washboard guitar for $130. Frank bought an old penny candy machine for $50, and they had a great time with Phil.
The next stop was to meet a man named Bear. They inquired about a Gulf Oil sign, and were told it wasn’t cheap. Sure enough, for $750, it wasn’t cheap. Bear told the camera that he knew they were Yankees, and that Yankees are like hemorrhoids; if they come down and go back up, they are fine, but if they come down and stay down, they are a pain in the ass. Bear told them he got his nickname when he was ten. A traveling sideshow came to town, and he wrestled a bear for a dime. This place was a collection, not a junkyard, and if they met their match with Phil, this guy was his teacher! In a tin shed, they found lots of toys. Metal ones, and a toy cannon before safety rules were ever thought about.
At home, Danielle appeared before the town council meeting to seek approval for the expansion of the shop. When she got the approval, she called the guys with the good news and after going a few rounds with Bear, they needed all the good news they could get on this episode of "American Pickers."
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